Ice Cube slams Oscar noms, says they should have had one random slave in ‘Straight Outta Compton’
22 January 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The hashtag “# OscarsSoWhite” is still an issue after the nominations for this year’s Oscar Awards have zero people of color and now Ice Cube sounded off regarding the much-publicized topic.
Ice Cube, one of the people from who the film “Straight Outta Compton” was based from, said in an interview that he thinks there should have been more recognition for the flick. The film centered on the rap group N.W.A., which included Ice Cube.
While talking on the Power 105.1’s “The Angie Martinez Show,” the rapper turned comedy star said in a statement, “I think we deserve Best Picture, especially by them leaving two [movies] out. They usually pick 10 movies. They only picked eight this year…I do what I’m supposed to do to promote the project. I ain’t gonna kiss no ass for nothing, so maybe that is the problem.”
He then continued to say that they should have put a slave in the movie joking that he thinks that was where they messed up. He noted, “Just one random slave for the Academy members to recognize us as a real, black movie.”
The rapper did say, however, that the film not being nominated for more awards does not define them. He said that because the film garnered more than $200 Million, that becomes an assurance that the “hardcore fans” made them feel that they did something right. He added, “When they say, ‘Man it took me back to ’87.’ That’s what it’s all about. It’s all about the core fans and making sure they’re satisfied.”
Ice Cube is not the only one who talked about slavery. Recently, “The Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr . said that the Oscars seem to award black movies that tackles or at least references slavery. He noted, “To make a hit black movie, you need a whip, a fire hose or a Negro spiritual.”
Other stars who spoke about the all-white nominations are Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney, Mark Rufallo , Lupita Nyong’o and many more.